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08KYIV2520, CORRECTED COPY: COALITION AGREEMENT SIGNED –

December 24, 2008

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08KYIV2520 2008-12-24 08:28 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXYZ0000
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKV #2520 3590828
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 240828Z DEC 08
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6971
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L KYIV 002520 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/24/2018 
TAGS: PGOV PREL UP
SUBJECT: CORRECTED COPY: COALITION AGREEMENT SIGNED - 
OU-PSD FACTION LEADERSHIP RESIGNS 
 
REF: A. KYIV 2424 
     B. KYIV 2191 
 
Classified By: Ambassador William Taylor for reasons 1.4 (b,d). 
 
Summary 
-------- 
 
1. (SBU) With the support of 37 out of 72 Our 
Ukraine-People's Self-Defense (OU-PSD) MPs, deputy faction 
leader Borys Tarasyuk on December 16 signed a coalition 
agreement with PM Yuliya Tymoshenko's BYuT and Rada Speaker 
Volodymyr Lytvyn's bloc.  Two of President Viktor 
Yushchenko's closest allies in the Rada, OU-PSD faction 
leader Vyacheslav Kyrylenko and deputy faction leader Roman 
Zvarych, resigned their faction leadership positions and 
remain opposed to the new coalition.  End Summary. 
 
Coalition Agreement Signed 
-------------------------- 
 
2. (U) Turning a page in the ongoing Ukrainian political 
drama, 37 OU-PSD MPs voted at a faction meeting on December 
16 to sign a coalition agreement with BYuT and the Lytvyn 
bloc.  Although the coalition was announced on December 9 by 
Speaker Lytvyn (ref. A), the final agreement had yet to be 
signed.  17 OU-PSD MPs either voted against the coalition 
agreement or abstained -- the remaining 18 faction members 
were not present at the meeting.  The 37 OU-PSD MPs also 
voted to confirm that deputy faction head Borys Tarasyuk had 
the authority to sign the coalition agreement.  Tarasyuk, 
BYuT faction leader Ivan Kyrylenko, and newly-elected head of 
the Lytvyn Bloc, Ihor Sharov, signed the agreement at a 
ceremony during a break in the Rada session. 
 
3. (C) Pro-coalition OU-PSD MP Kyrylo Kulikov told us that 
Yuriy Kostenko, OU-PSD MP and leader of the Ukrainian 
People's Party (UPP), delivered the 37th vote for the 
coalition.  Interestingly, Kostenko did not personally sign 
on to the coalition -- he had reportedly been pressured to 
abstain by Yushchenko -- but instead delivered the vote of 
his party-member, Yaroslav Dzhodzhik, to achieve majority 
support for the coalition. 
 
No Support for Constitutional Changes or Early Elections -- 
NATO After Referendum 
--------------------------------------------- ---- 
 
4. (U) While the final coalition agreement has not yet been 
published, coalition members said the agreement includes 
language that prohibits its members from supporting 
constitutional changes that would upset the balance of power 
between the government and the President, and prohibits 
support for early parliamentary elections.  The agreement is 
not specific on potential government positions for the Lytvyn 
bloc, stating only that the coalition will consider 
nominations for changes to the government within the agreed 
upon quotas.  On the question of NATO membership, a potential 
stumbling block between BYuT and OU-PSD, the two sides agreed 
that Ukraine will join NATO only after a national referendum 
on membership. 
 
Yushchenko Allies Resign from OU-PSD Leadership Positions 
--------------------------------------------- ------------ 
 
5. (C) After the OU-PSD vote, faction head Vyacheslav 
Kyrylenko and deputy faction head Roman Zvarych, both close 
allies of Yushchenko and opponents of the coalition, resigned 
their faction leadership positions.  Pro-coalition OU-PSD MPs 
told us they were glad to see Kyrylenko gone, as he would act 
on orders from the President only.  Tarasyuk said that the 
faction would elect new leadership that will represent the 
interests of the faction and would not "obey outside 
instructions." 
 
Comment 
------- 
 
6. (C) Yushchenko has lost his two closest allies in OU-PSD, 
weakening his already tenuous control over the faction. 
Tymoshenko and Lytvyn have declared the political crisis 
over.  Nevertheless, we anticipate that there may yet be 
continued opposition to the coalition's legitimacy from 
Yushchenko allies.  BYuT MPs are confident, saying that they 
would welcome a challenge to the coalition.  With Speaker 
Lytvyn, PM Tymoshenko and their allies firmly behind the 
coalition, it appears likely that any such challenge would 
end up in the Constitutional Court. 
TAYLOR

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